We go be­hind the scenes at New York fash­ion week with Laura Mercier to find out the se­cret be­hind the su­pers’ glow­ing com­plex­ion. By Ce­cilie Me­vatne

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Makeup trends by Laura Mercier that dom­i­nated the spring/sum­mer run­ways

Touch­ing down in New York, the city had al­ready turned into a cir­cus. Pho­tog­ra­phers were on the streets hunt­ing for big names, blog­gers were rock­ing their best OOTD try­ing to get no­ticed and jour­nal­ists were tear­ing through en­velopes dou­ble-check­ing their in­vi­ta­tions. And in the mid­dle of the whirl­wind of ac­tiv­ity was Lin­coln Cen­tre where Laura Mercier’s makeup team was work­ing its magic on the spring/sum­mer shows for the run­ways of Pamella Roland and Jenny Pack­ham.

I jumped at the in­vi­ta­tion to go back­stage and braced my­self for fly­ing makeup brushes, clouds of hair­spray and irate makeup artists… but this wasn’t the case. In fact, when I walked into the makeup area ev­ery­thing was well, civilised. Mod­els were plugged into their iPhones, chow­ing down on ke­fir ice creams while lis­ten­ing to their jams, and the Laura Mercier team was adding the fi­nal touches to the mod­els’ faces be­fore they hit the run­way. The mood was light, smiles were snapped and self­ies were be­ing posted on In­sta­gram.

But the team had no need to stress, be­cause Matin Maulaw­iz­ada, Global Artistry Di­rec­tor and Brand Am­bas­sador for Laura Mercier had tried and tested th­ese makeup looks four weeks ago. The man is known to not leave any­thing to chance, which is why Hol­ly­wood beau­ties from An­gelina Jolie to Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal have him on speed dial.

Pamella Roland’s spring/sum­mer 2014 col­lec­tion was in­spired by Pamella’s trip to

Cannes and the looks hit­ting the run­way chan­nelled the look of French star­lets from the ’60s. Matin refers to th­ese French stars as poles apart from their more pol­ished Bri­tish and Amer­i­can sis­ters. He fur­ther ex­plains to me how this be­came im­por­tant in the look he cre­ated for Pamella’s col­lec­tion: “I wanted to cre­ate a non­cha­lant look that you could see in French ac­tresses who lived in France in the ’60s, like Jane Birkin or Anouk Aimée as op­posed to the per­fectly pol­ished pre­cise look of Au­drey Hep­burn or Peggy Mof­fit. The look was as if one had just got­ten up, af­ter a fab­u­lous night of fun, just reap­plied lip­stick and walked out.”

Matin de­scribes the pal­ette seen on the run­ways as “clean mod­ern hues of pas­tel green and teal as a wash with a strong matte lips in coral.” Laura Mercier’s coral lip was cre­ated by stain­ing the lips with Rouge Nou­veau Weight­less Lip Colour in Mod fol­lowed by a top coat of the Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Bir­gitte.

As the model’s get ready to walk down the run­way, it’s clear how well the coral lip goes with the shades that Pamella Roland played with on her pal­ette—tan­ger­ine, pink, baby blue and strik­ing yel­low. The eyes and cheeks were just as ef­fec­tive. The choco­late combo of Matt Eye Colour in Truf­fle and Crème Cheek Colour in Sun­rise makes the per­fect part­ner­ship.

It strikes me how fresh the mod­els look—even af­ter a week of end­less shows—but the se­cret to that could also be due to the Laura Mercier team’s makeup brushes. Matin knows the se­cret steps to mak­ing tired skin glow “Eye serum on the cheeks and se­cret cam­ou­flage to make the skin look good re­gard­less.” How­ever, if you want to have this look per­ma­nently Matin says that a bal­anced diet, lots of wa­ter and a proper skin reg­i­men is the only way for­ward. So with that in mind, I grab a plate of fruit and the big­gest wa­ter bot­tle in sight be­fore I head to catch up with the Laura Mercier makeup artists at Jenny Pack­ham.

I find my­self en­ter­ing through a back­door again, but this time to meet the lovely Talia Sho­brook. Her team is busy putting the fin­ish­ing touches to the Jenny Pack­ham spring/sum­mer 2014 show. Jenny Pack­ham’s col­lec­tion is in­spired by the styling of the Aus­tralian cult clas­sic from 1975 Pic­nic At Hang­ing Rock set in the 1900s. “We wanted a touch of ethe­re­al­ness to the makeup hence the dewy fresh skin and the sub­tle sparkle on the eyes,” says Talia. The dewy fresh skin came us­ing a ra­di­ance primer, LM hy­drat­ing spray and then mois­turiser, while glit­tery eye shadow added a touch of sparkle to the eyes. A fem­i­nine lip fin­ished the look, which I made a note of to im­me­di­ately start prac­tis­ing.

This stun­ning pink lip was cre­ated by us­ing a combo of Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose and Pink Blush. Talia says that there is no need to fol­low trends to the let­ter: “I am a firm be­liever about tak­ing el­e­ments of a trend and mak­ing it your own.” I raise my makeup brush to that as this is what I will def­i­nitely be do­ing once I touch back down in Sin­ga­pore.

Back­stage at Jenny Pack­ham spring/sum­mer 2014

Mas­cara mo­ment—at Jenny Pack­ham

Get­ting the per­fect lip tint—at Pamella Roland

Makeup touches back­stage—at Pamella Roland

Matin Maulaw­iz­ada with a model— back­stage at Pamella Roland

Makeup brushes add to the fi­nal ef­fect at Laura Mercier

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